Eucalyptus Composite

Some folks have been curious as to how I create my leaf composite images, so I thought I would show a few of the steps I take. Note: a working knowledge of Photoshop is probably required to follow along.

I begin by taking multiple photographs of leaves placed on my light box.

I arrange leaves on my light box, and using a tripod and a cable release, photograph them while bracketing my exposures. This light box is from Litup.

The next step is to create a new document with a white background and start layering different images in Photoshop.

This is the first layer. The blend mode on all the layers is “multiply”. You can experiment using different blend modes, but “multiply” works best for this image. I also use layer masks to “erase” parts of the image I do not want to see. Below is a closeup of my layers panel to give you a better idea of what I am doing.

Closeup of my layers panel.

What follows is the progression I made with each layer I added.

Once I have all my layers and I like the composition, I make adjustments of color and contrast until I am happy with the final image. Experiment with this and have fun!

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